Three years ago in August, a gunman attacked worshipers at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six people and forever changing the community there.
Amardeep Singh, of Open Society Foundations, wrote about the national tragedy in a reflective blog post, "Remembering the Terrorism at Oak Creek," on the role law enforcement should have in preventing these types of atrocities from occurring.
From his post:
Despite assurances to the contrary, the allocation of law enforcement resources shows us that some lives simply matter more than others. Federal dollars earmarked to protect houses of worship do not go to vulnerable black churches, Sikh gurdwaras, or mosques. In fact, 90 percent of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants to protect nonprofit organizations go to Jewish organizations.
Jewish centers of worship and culture certainly need protection, but so do black churches, gurdwaras, and mosques.
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